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MTV Podcast Network w/ Amy Nicholson

On Skillset, every guest is an expert, and every week they teach you and me a new way to look at the movies. MTV Chief Film Critic Amy Nicholson talks to behind-the-scenes specialists who make movie magic and actors about the obsessions that shaped them. Season two is about high school movies, which means it’s actually about dozens of things like, the lost “Breakfast Club” footage you’ve never seen, what a principal thinks about “Ferris Bueller” and how Laney Boggs got her makeover in “She’s All That.” Skillset is a proud member of the MTV Podcast Network. You can check out other great shows including Speed Dial, Lady Problems, The Stakes, and Happy Sad Confused at podcasts.mtv.com

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Dec 14, 2016 MTV Podcast Network w/ Amy Nicholson
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It's the last episode of Skillset’s Season Two, our masterclass on high school movies. But I can’t throw my graduation cap before I get to talk about three of my all-time favorite flicks. First up, Bring it On introduced us to the crazy world of high school competitive cheerleading. But it turns out some of those insane moves -- okay, a lot of them -- aren’t technically legal. So how real is Bring it On? We ask Susie Knoblauch of the National Federation of State High School Associations...
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Dec 7, 2016 MTV Podcast Network w/ Amy Nicholson
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This week, Skillset skips across time from Ye Olde England to modern day stoners to ancient beasts. First up, William Shakespeare stopped going to school when he was 13, but his plays make great high school movies -- especially if they star Julia Stiles. Dr Gitanjali Shahani, a professor of English at San Francisco State University, explains the lasting power of 400-year-old blockbusters. Here's another Shakespeare fun fact: Last year, a research team found traces of weed and cocaine on...
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Nov 29, 2016 MTV Podcast Network w/ Amy Nicholson
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Pay attention, class. This week Skillset salutes to John Hughes, the prom king of the high school movie. First up, step into the office of high school principal Sean Gaillard to ask if that class-skipping punk Ferris is really the hero of Ferris Bueller. Then, we hand the microphone to guitarist Sam Cannariato of the cover band Molly and the Ringwalds to talk about how John Hughes' soundtracks became eternal hits. And finally: legend has it that John Hughes' original version of The Breakfast...
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Nov 16, 2016 MTV Podcast Network w/ Amy Nicholson
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Welcome to another episode of Skillset – the podcast where every guest is an expert, and every week they teach you and me a new way to look at the movies. Today is dedicated to the rebels, the s**t-stirrers, the trouble-makers whose aggro energy we’re going to need for the next four years. This isn’t a time for obedience. Let’s start with the first ever revolutionary teen: James Dean, who exploded into pop culture with 1955’s Rebel Without a Cause, released one month after he died in...
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Nov 9, 2016 MTV Podcast Network w/ Amy Nicholson
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Open your heart to Skillset, the podcast where every guest is an expert, and every week they teach you and me a new way to look at the movies. This week's episode is dedicated to two movies about all-consuming high school love. First up, let’s analyze the most wicked game in Winona Ryder and Christian Slater’s Heathers. It’s a cruel little sport called croquet, and like the Heathers, actress and comedian Lindsay Lucas Bartlett played it competitively in high school, no holds barred. It...
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Nov 1, 2016 MTV Podcast Network w/ Amy Nicholson
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Vote 'Yes' on Skillset's special episode dedicated to the president/ruler/queen of ‘90s high school movies: Reese Witherspoon. As we put together our season-long salute to high school movies, Reese reigned supreme. The sunny blonde captured the innocence and the danger of an age when almost-adults learn -- the hard way -- that their decisions have grown-up consequences.First up, in honor of Reese’s retro fantasy Pleasantville, where she plays a modern teenager shipped back to a perfect --...
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Oct 25, 2016 MTV Podcast Network w/ Amy Nicholson
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The power of Manon compels you to listen to this wicked new episode of “Skillset.” As you heard last week, this season is dedicated to high school movies: the crushes, the classmates, and the clothes. But because it’s the week before Halloween, today we’re going to talk about the sinister side of high school: witches, murder, and kids who get stalked by death. First up, real-life witch Meagan Fredette tells us why The Craft cast a spell on so many magical young women. Then American...
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Oct 18, 2016 MTV Podcast Network w/ Amy Nicholson
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Welcome to Season 2 of Skillset — the podcast where every guest is an expert, and every week they teach you and me a new way to look at the movies. This season is about one thing: high school movies. Which means, well, it’s actually going to be about dozens of things, but especially: What a real-life witch thinks about The Craft, what a real-life principal thinks about Ferris Bueller, and lost Breakfast Club footage you’ve never seen. We’re talking about everything from Tom Cruise’s...